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Solstafir

Formed: 1994
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Solstafir News

Below is our complete Solstafir news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Solstafir Recording New Album

Solstafir is now releasing a new video for the track "Dagmál," taken from the band's latest full-length "Ótta." Season of Mist is proud to announce the re-signing of Solstafir, and today marks the start of the third week of the band recording a new album.

The Icelandic group states: "With our previous contract coming to an end, we have had plenty of great offers on the table for which we are grateful. Yet, why should we end a good thing? The entire team works brilliantly together and everyone involved decided that continuing is the logical step moving forward.

"The album cycle of 'Ótta' is coming to a close with a third and final video for the song, 'Dagmál'. The live footage for this clip was shot over the course of 18 months of heavy touring. The video features our newest band member, Hallgrímur 'Grimsi' Hallgrímsson, who started filling in behind the kit in April 2015.

"We are back here at Sundlaugin for the third time to record our seventh album. We feel right at home and after being locked up in songwriting mode for two months, it is a one of a kind feeling hearing the demos gaining life. We have fourteen songs recorded, including one cover version, but at the moment it' is too early to tell what will end up on the album. The new album will definitely sound like Solstair and as always, there will be surprises too." More...

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Season Of Mist Streaming 20 Year Compilation

Season of Mist turned twenty this year, and now you can stream a two decade anniversary compilation below or pick up the comp through various digital services over here. This wide-ranging release includes some names you might have heard from the metal scene in a loooong time, like Oxiplegatz.

The label comments: "It is no secret that the music industry has changed tremendously during the past two decades, but thanks to your loyal support, we are still able to continue releasing great music to this very day. We would like to once again extend our gratitude and thankfulness to all those who believe in our artists. Stream our '20 Years of Season of Mist' compilation here and check out the discount campaign on our official e-shop!" More...

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Solstafir Posts Artmania Live Footage

Icelandic outfit Solstafir has released a new live clip shot during the band's performance at Artmania last month in Romania. Check out the band playing "Fjara" live below. "Fjara" comes off the 2011 album "Svarti Sandar" (reviewed here).

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Solstafir Kicking Off Tour

Enigmatic Icelandic band Solstafir will kick off a string of special European shows at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, U.K. this Saturday, May 14th. The tour will lead the band through six countries and nine performances with a final concert at Palac Akropolis in Prague on May 22nd, just as a string of festival appearances begin.

May 14 London (UK) @ Islington Assembly Hall
May 15 Paris (FR) @ Divan du Monde
May 16 Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat
May 17 Hamburg (DE) @ Gruenspan
May 18 Leipzig (DE) @ Taubchental
May 19 Aarau (CH) @ KiFF
May 20 Wörgl (AT) @ Komma
May 21 Wien (AT) @ Arena
May 22 Praha (CZ) @ Palac Akropolis

Festival appearances:
May 28 München (DE) @ Rockavaria Festival
June 24 København (DK) @ Copenhell
July 07 Neskaupstaður (IS) @ Eistnaflug
July 08 Neskaupstaður (IS) @ Eistnaflug More...

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Solstafir Posts New Music Video

Solstafir just released a new video for the track "Miðaftann," which was directed by Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta. "Miðaftann" is taken from Solstafir's latest album "Otta" (reviewed here).

Regarding the video, Solstafir guitarist/frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments: "The track is about wandering in darkness. Playing chess with Death, getting burned by salt, drowning in the ultimate wave of sin and returning back home by using moonlight as navigation."

Video directors Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta comment: "They told us a real-life story about a sailor who lost his crew at sea and was stranded to shore as the only survivor. He proceeded to find his way to town and [along the way] he found a barrel filled with water. But the water was frozen, so he had to punch through the ice with his bare hands to fight the dehydration. Eventually, after a long journey, he found his way to town and survived." More...

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Solstafir Kicks Off New Tour

Tonight Solstafir kicks off a European tour alongside Mono and The Ocean. Beginning tonight in Aarhus, DK, the band will perform in 13 countries before concluding in Leeds, UK on November 7. Solstafir is touring in support of latest album "Otta" (reviewed here). Upcoming dates and venues are as follows:

Oct. 12 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
Oct. 13 Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena
Oct. 14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
Oct. 18 St. Petersburg, RU @ Zhal Ozhidaniya
Oct. 19 Moscow, RU @ Volta
Oct. 21 Vilnius, LI @ NEW YORK
Oct. 22 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
Oct. 23 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
Oct. 24 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Void Fest
Oct. 26 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
Oct. 27 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Oct. 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage
Oct. 29 Bologna, IT @ Locomativ
Oct. 30 Mezzago, IT @ Bloom
Oct. 31 Lyon, FR @ CCO Villeurbanne
Nov. 02 Toulouse, FR @ Metronum
Nov. 03 Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
Nov. 04 Zurich, CH @ Harterei
Nov. 05 Paris, FR @ Trabendo
Nov. 06 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Nov. 07 Leeds, UK @ Damnation Fest More...

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Solstafir Comments On Parting With Drummer

Iceland's Solstafir has issued the following statement about parting ways with dummer Gummi Óli Palmasson:

"It is with great pain but quiet respect, that we are making this official statement to inform you that for personal reasons beyond reconciliation, Sólstafir and Guðmundur "Gummi" Óli Palmasson have parted ways indefinitely.

"There are always two sides to every story. No one knows the whole story other than those directly involved. As is the case in any relationship, all parties play their roles in creating and ending it. Both parties have their versions, and often at times, the point gets lost along the way, buried in emotions.

"The bottom line is, Guðmundur is no longer in the band, because of a deep personal conflict that involves all three remaining members and cannot be solved. He is well aware of this.

"The decision to part ways was absolutely not something that happened overnight, and we are genuinely pained by the way things have turned out. If the three of us had felt there was any way of mending the damage and moving forward with Guðmundur, then of course we would have - and we did make genuine efforts to do so. That is the reason for our silence. Waiting so long to make a statement was wrong on our part, and for that, we apologize. There are so many personal levels to this split. It has been very difficult to find the words while still respecting our individual privacy, Guðmundur's included.

"Despite what we have read that appears to have been written in anger, bitterness, and seemingly spite, we continue to hold no ill will toward Guðmundur and sincerely want to thank him for all of his hard work and being such a huge part of the band for all these years. We acknowledge this fact every day and of course, he will receive his fair share. There was never any intention not to do this. We will never forget his role in Sólstafir, which is why we remain silent about the reasons now and in the future. We can only hope you respect and understand this. Sólstafir will continue as a three piece with a session percussionist, just as we have since January of this year. We hope to see you all on the road and can only ask for your continued support."

The statement mentioned above from Gummi reads as follows (and get ready for a Wintersun length read folks): More...

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Solstafir Announces Tour With The Ocean

Enigmatic Icelandic rock band Solstafir has announced upcoming European tour dates, joining Mono and The Ocean for an extensive trek. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Solstafir is touring in support of new album "Otta."

10/12 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
10/13 Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena
10/14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
10/18 St. Petersburg, RU @ Zhal Ozhidaniya
10/19 Moscow, RU @ Volta
10/21 Vilnius, LI @ NEW YORK
10/22 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
10/23 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
10/24 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Void Fest
10/26 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
10/27 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
10/28 Munich, DE @ Backstage
10/29 Bologna, IT @ Locomativ
10/30 Mezzago, IT @ Bloom
10/31 Lyon, FR @ CCO Villeurbanne
11/02 Toulouse, FR @ Metronum
11/03 Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
11/04 Zurich, CH @ Harterei
11/05 Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/06 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
11/07 Leeds, UK @ Damnation Fest More...

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Solstafir Adds More U.S. Shows

Solstafir has added new dates to the band's previously announced North American tour. Shows were just adding shows to Elko NV, Portland OR, and Mesa, AZ.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below, with Solstafir touring in support of latest full-length album "Otta" (reviewed here). More...

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Solstafir Announces Headlining North American Tour

Enigmatic Icelandic band Solstafgir has announced a headlining North American tour, with support from Ancient VVisdom. The month-long tour kicks off April 22nd, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Solstafir is touring in support of new album, "Otta" (reviewed here). You can stream the full album by heading over to this location. More...

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Solstafir Drummer To Miss Tour Dates

Iceland's Solstafir has announced that regular drummer, Guðmundur "Gummi" Óli Pálmason, will not be performing during upcoming shows. He will be replaced by Karl Petur Smith during this period. The group comments:

"Today we're in Milton Keynes ready to kick off the second leg of our European tour. It is with great sadness that we need to report to you that Gummi will not be joining us on this tour due to personal reasons.

"We'd prefer to leave it at that and ask that you please respect our privacy in this matter and refrain from all questions, speculations and internet rumors. We will follow up when the time is right, but for now, we're very excited to have a brilliant drummer by the name of Karl Petur Smith joining us for these shows.

"His extensive musical background includes playing with such acts as Rusty Anderson, Jason Falkner and Bubbi Morthens. Can't wait to see all of your faces out there!"

Solstafir will not comment further on the topic during this ongoing tour. All remaining dates can be viewed below: More...

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Roadburn Adds New Bands

Roadburn Festival is pleased to announce new additions to the 20th edition of the festival. The festival will take place April 9th - 12th in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Both day tickets and weekend tickets are currently on sale.

Roadburn 2015's curators - Wardruna's Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik and Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson - have almost completed the lineup for their event on Friday April 10th. Loop main man, Robert Hampson and Swedish psych heroes, Agusa will both perform alongside Focus, Death Hawks, Sólstafir and others.

BardSpec - the ambient project/band from Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar - will also perform at the event. Einar will present a workshop which will delve into his approach to music and the extensive creative concept behind Wardruna's ongoing "Runaljod" trilogy as well as his approach and study of the runes and other Norse esoteric arts. He will demonstrate a selection of the oldest Nordic instruments, play fully acoustic Wardruna music, and there will also be time for questions from the audience. More...

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Solstafir Posts KEXP Radio Video

Footage has been posted online of Solstafir's KEXP radio session, which can be viewed below. The performance was shot in Seattle during the eclectic Icelandic rockers’ recent U.S. tour in December 2014.

The radio station enthusiastically comments: "When Solstafir plays for KEXP, the gods take notice. Two years ago, during KEXP’s broadcast at Iceland Airwaves, hurricane-level gales swept across Reykjavik as the hard rocking band brewed up their own storm inside Kex Hostel. Last month, on their first tour of the West Coast, heavy winds followed them to the KEXP studio to perform songs from their latest LP of epic grandeur, Ótta. Call it what you will – 'viking post-metal', 'alt-doom', 'death-prog' – but Solstafir channel power of mythic proportions in this live set."

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Solstafir Updates Tour Schedule

Iceland's Solstafir will be touring solidly now through February, today announcing new European tour dates in early 2015.

Starting on January 27th, the band will trek throughout the France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and more in support of new album, "Otta" (reviewed here). The album is streaming in full below. More...

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Solstafir Appears On Icelandic TV

Enigmatic outfit Solstafir appeared on Icelandic National Television's Studio A program, performing two songs off new album, "Otta" (reviewed here).

Footage of the band playing "Dagmál" (at the 12:23 mark) and "Rismál" (at 32:40) can be found at the official Icelandic National Television's Studio A website here.

Solstafir is currently touring Europe with support from Obsidian King. Following the European tour, Solstafir begins a tour of the Western U.S. with Pallbearer and Mortals.

11/10 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11 Rotterdam, NL @ Baroeg
11/12 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
11/13 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum
11/14 Berlin, DE @ K17
11/15 Ostsee, DE @ Metal Hammer Paradise
11/17 Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka
11/18 Vienna, AT @ Viper Room
11/19 Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
11/21 Graz, AT @ Explosiv
11/22 Innsbruck, AT @ Weekender Club More...

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Unioni Festival at The Circus, Helsinki

Unioni Festival was a new occurrence this year, and this mini festival quickly became the most anticipated even of the autumn calendar in Helsinki. People came from all over Europe, and even as far as Los Angeles to catch the amazing lineup these two days boasted. Livenation has really outdone themselves this time around, and with both nights of the long anticipated Unioni festival sold out, they’d do well to be patting themselves on the back! More...

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Solstafir Releases New Music Video

Solstafir today premieres a new music video for the track "Lágnætti," available below courtesy of AllMusic.com.

"Lágnætti" is taken from the band's new album "Ótta" (reviewed here). Regarding the Bowen Staines-directed video, the band comments:

"It is with great pride and excitement, that we present to you the new video for our song 'Lágnætti'. The video was directed by the same directing team of Bowen Staines and Gunnar B. 'Gussi' Guðbjörnsson, who brought you the amazing Fjara video 3 years ago, so the standard was already set sky high. But it is our belief that we have outdone ourselves, with the help of the good people from Hólmavík and Kollafjörður in the West Fjords of Iceland. Enjoy!" More...

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Solstafir Adds New Tour Dates

Icelandic rock heathens Solstafir have announced a new North American tour, which starts on December 2nd and will see the band travel throughout the country for 2 weeks alongside Pallbearer and Mortals.

This trek will be in support of new album "Ótta" (reviewed here), and also still available for streaming in full at this location.

Additionally, Solstafir just announced the band's inclusion into Roadburn's 2015 lineup, with front-man Aðalbjörn Tryggvason commenting: "We are deeply honored to have been chosen by the curators and invited by the festival. Having two Icelandic bands at the same night next to The Fields of Nephilim – what a surprise and a priceless evening. What a festival! It will be a highlight of our career!" More...

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Solstafir Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online for genre-bending Icelandic act Solstafir performing the title track to new album "Ótta" (reviewed here). Check it out below, and the band also comments:

"Check out this multi camera recording from one of the strangest venues we played. The stage was a port of a large hunting cabin in the Austrian Alps, facing the audience up in the hill. What an amazing atmosphere!"

To hear the studio version of the title track and more, check out the full album stream over at this location.

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Solstafir Streaming Entire New Album

Iceland's Solstafir will release new album "Ótta" on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) via Season of Mist Records.

Today the full album has been posted online for streaming. Check it out below, courtesy of of Ruv.is. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lágnætti
2. Ótta
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál More...

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